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Student Spotlight: Michaela Remijio

By Hannah Bunch on March 3, 2017

Michaela Remijio is a junior Advertising and Public Relations major with minors in Business Administration and Web Communication and Design. At Drury, Michaela is Panhellenic Council President, a small group leader for The Vine, in the Leadership and Nominating Committee for Pi Beta Phi, the Student Social Media Coordinator in the Web Communications office, and an Event Staff worker. Outside of Drury she regularly volunteers at her church, Hill City Church. This past summer she worked at Youthfront Camp West as the videographer.

Michaela stays busy but still tries to sign up for volunteer opportunities as much as she can. Michaela has high involvement on campus and believes that “leading and serving can start a domino effect.  The more positive, engaging, and genuine leaders Drury experiences, the more other people will want to step up and be a leader too.” 

How does your involvement at Drury as well in the community help shape you as a person and a leader?

“It’s safe to say I like to stay busy.  I’d always rather have too much to do than too little.  One of my favorite things in the world is making connections with people and building relationships.  I just love people, learning their story, and who they are.  The best way for me to do that is to get involved.  I didn’t want to have any regrets in college by not getting connected enough with student life.   A school like Drury offers so many unique and engaging organizations to be a part of, so naturally, I joined all the activities I was passionate about without feeling like I was drowning in commitments.  Joining so many organizations has given me leadership experience and confidence in myself as a leader that I didn’t even know I possessed.”

What is the most rewarding experience you have had while attending Drury?

“One of the most rewarding experiences at Drury has definitely been leading my small group this year.  I joined The Vine my freshman year and actually joined two small groups by my sophomore year.  My faith is very important to me, and just being a part of a campus ministry as supportive and loving as the Vine is so cool to me.  It’s rewarding to know that my mentors have helped me grow in my faith and now I can do that for other students too.”

Why do you feel it is important to lead and serve within our community?

“Sometimes I think leaders are these intimidating people who only delegate to others.  That’s so not true.  Being a leader is a learning process.  Anyone can be a leader; it just takes a small leap of faith.  Serving is vital to creating a healthy, safe community and what better way to be an example or role model to others than giving back to the community?”

 What advice/encouragement can you give to Drury students to become more engaged in their community and Drury through service and leadership?

“Get involved with as much as you can early on in your college career.  As you grow and learn about your passions, it’s okay to cut back and focus on a few organizations or activates that you really have a heart for.  Don’t be afraid to try something new because it could be the best decision of your life.”

 From Community Outreach, we want to thank Michaela for her leadership and dedication to our community. Leadership and service help build a stronger community and she has been a integral part in strengthening this community.